Lidded vessel turned from highly figured Maple, with fixed finial lid of Snakewood

July 20, 2020

This tall, elegant, spire-like turning has been made from two very different American woods: Maple, a common North American hardwood, often has spectacular figure, includinging "Fiddleback," represented here in a particularly striking example. Snakewood is a very hard, dense tropical American hardwood that has amazing figure, if subtle and difficult to photograph adequately. Orange, black,and brown appear in mosaic-like form, almost as though they were part of a snake's skin, hence the name. The bent finial is an interesting and (I think) a beautiful touch of asymmetry, varying the invariably round shapes of woodturning. It requires a great deal of hand-sanding to be properly finished.


10 inches high; 2.75 inches diameter